Ode on a Grecian Urn analysis
This poem is about the struggle and realization of accepting mortality and the envy of the immortal. The poem starts off by talking about bride of quietness and the foster child of silence and slow time. He is referring to the urn of which he is admiring because it is as beautiful as a bride and that it is a foster child of silence because it is alone and does not speak. The reference to slow time is due to him being lost in the visual aspects of the urn as if time was slowed. He next refers to the urn being a historian. The reason for this is he is talking about the pictures on the urn and how they are telling a tale from history. He then wonders what the urn tale is he asks it “What leaf-fring'd legend haunt about thy shape”. The series of questions to follow are all the thoughts that have begun to race through his head; “What men or gods are these? What maidens loth? What mad pursuit? What wild ecstasy?” Who are these people, why do the maidens loath you, is it mad that I pursue this urn, why does it give me this wild amazement?
The next stanza of the poem starts off by Keats talking about melodies and how the unheard melodies are much sweeter then the heard ones. He says this because unheard music is for the soul, which is immortal and will exist forever, will be able to feel the music and enjoy it for all of time. “Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on”. After he ends talking about the music for the soul he goes on to say, “Fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst not leave thy song, nor ever can those trees be bare”. The art on the urn is two young lovers beneath the tree, and they can never leave because they will be on the urn forever listening to the music only souls can enjoy. The reference he uses to the trees that can never go bare symbolizes the actual picture on the pot of the trees, and the two lovers because they are souls now and...